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February 2013

Doing Living

Prints Charming; Creative Ways To Print Your Snaps

What's the point of taking all those deeply soulful pictures of your feet or whatever if you're never going to print them out? It's strange that in these days of unmitigated access to cameras we hardly ever see our photographs on anything but our screens. Well, no more. It's time to start using our photo's to decorate our own wall's, not Facebook's. Here are four stylish ways of printing your photos and turning them into art. Because yes, you're Instagrams are that good. 

WOOD BLOCK PHOTO PRINTS Creative ways to print photographs wood blockGetting your snaps printed onto tiny wooden blocks is perhaps the cutest way of keeping them forever and ever. Hey Harriet, above, does all the hard work for you for about €14 a block. You send them the snaps and they print them, apply them onto wood with crafty wizardry and send them back to you ready to hang or sit around your home. And probably a gallery someday. Yeah, the way the light hits my toe...definitely a gallery. Photographer Patrick Lajoie, below, also offers custom option on his beautiful circular wood block prints, but to be honest his own snaps are so pretty it would be hard to bypass them. Wood block photo print circles ideasWood block print circle ideasParick Lajoie mini wood block photo ideas

PHOTO PRINTED PILLOWS AND CUSHIONS Custom postcard photo pillow display ideasCustom postcard pillow photograph display ideas Want to get closer to pictures of you loved ones? Waaay closer? Creepy closer? Then photo pillows are for you. Finch and Cotter, above, have managed to turn the idea into something far less Single White Female than you'd think. The pillowcase is an actual postcard; it's posted in clear plastic so the customisable address and message are visible to Mr Postman. Coming in under €35 they're pretty much cheaper than getting a pic printed and framed and way more inspired. Baron de Labry, below, will print you Instagram prints onto square throw cushion for around €27.  Instagram print throw pillowCherry blossom custom print cushion photo ideasFiat 500 custom print cushion photo display ideas

PERSONALISED PRINTED EMBROIDERY HOOPS Just when embroidery hoops were slipping out off my radar,  Lanas Crespo, comes up with these gorgeous photo printed hoops, above, which she embroiders with sweet little symbols. Available in three sizes, you simply send Lanas the photo you want and come up with a quirky shape that she will embroider on - or pick from one of her templates - for less than €40. If you're feeling crafty, Paper and Stitch have a good tutorial on how to make your own and if you need some inspiration, check out photographer Jillian Audrey's gorgeous printed hoops, below. Large clouds photo printed embroidery hoopTiny photographic print embroidery hoop

STORY CUBES Story Cubes Custom Photo and Quote Prints display ideasPhoto blocks are a cute play on our childhood building blocks. Sintwister, above, offers thoroughly customisable versions that can be personalised with your own photos, quotes and themes. These would be great gift for anyone desk-bound although they cost around €250 for 20 customised blocks. A cheaper alternative comes from Imagine It Blocks, below. For around €20 they'll make you 6 four sided blocks, below. You send them 6 photos and any other details like a name or date and they do the rest. Sweet. Custom photo puzzle wooden cubes display ideasCustom photo puzzle wooden cubes display ideas

Worth the effort or is social media the modern photo frame? Let us know what you think.

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Living Loving

I Love Sister’s Lamp; Amazing Handmade Lampshades

Irish handmade Dublin beaded gold lampshade If you've ever wondered what Sarah does when she's not blogging up a storm, allow me don my little-sister hat and rat her out. Along with furtively watching reruns of Hart of Dixie (when she's drunk she like, "Wade can be such a dick", but sober she get's all "Hart of whatsie?") and getting through design books like I get through smokes, she make lampshades. Amazing lampshades.

If you're wondering just how amazing, take a look.  These aren't the dusty ruffles your granny had. Designing and making the quirky shades by hand in her Dublin studio and selling them under the name Shady And The Lamp, Sarah's on track for world-domination, one undressed bulb at a time. Once Hart of Dixie isn't repeated too often, of course. 

Cobalt silk lampshade by Shady and The Lamp     Silk Carousel lampshade by Shady and the LampWool wrapped raindrop lampshade by Shady and the Lamp.    Red silk drum shade by Shady and the Lamp Shades available to buy from Shady and the Lamp's Etsy store.

Bedroom wall fairy lights christmas lights indoor ideas bedroom.

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Doing Loving Tasting

Tuesday Boozeday; Cherry Sundae Cocktail

Firstly, ice-cream mixed with white wine; amazeballs. Throw in some cherries and amazeballs doesn't begin to cover it my friend. We're at week three of our cherry-centric Tuesday Boozedays and my fondness for cherry liqueur has been well and truly cemented. Today's cocktail recipe is a play on the White Cargo but we've upped the cherriness to bring it closer to being the boozy dessert it's always wanted to be. This is a particularly easy recipe as you just whizz everything in the blender and pour into a glass and enjoy. Then go back to the blender and suck up anything left over. Then make more. You're definitely going to want to make more. 

Cherry liqueur sundae cocktail recipe

Cherry Choc Kiss Cocktail Recipe cherry liqueur recipe ideas. valentines day cocktail. cherries chocolate cocktail recipes modern funTuesday Boozeday Cherry cherry hot toddy cherry liqueur cocktail recipes cherry kirsch cocktail recipes unusual hot toddy fruit hot toddy cherry and lime hot toddyYou might also like:

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Living Looking

Shane O’Connor; The Invasion

Dublin based Artist/ Illustrator Shane O'Connor is looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary. His work comprises of famous landmarks and hidden treasures from in and around Dublin.

"It started 6 years ago. "The Invasion" they called it. It began with a just a few lone sketchy's, lurking around deserted streets, hiding in plain sight. But now there are more. These strange creatures have begun terraforming the landscape. Enormous triangles grow from the ground and litter the sky. Explosions of colour replace the everyday scenes. What do they want? When will it end?"

From The Ground Up

Out Of The Blue

Test Screen

Subterranean

 All prints are available to purchase online from the JamArtFactory, an "Independent Irish Based Art and Design Shop".

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Doing Looking

Wardrobe Cheat Sheet; 8 Ways To Wear The Classic Trench Coat

Spring has sprung and playing havoc with our wardrobes already. Time for some trench warfare. The little mac is a mighty weapon against the temperamental season's ever changing weather. Light enough for the warmer days, sturdy enough for stormier seas and unfailingly chic year round; there as many ways to wear a trench as there are reasons to own one. Here's the proof. Wardrobe Cheat Sheet 8 Ways To Wear The Classic Trench

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Living Looking Loving

Skinning up; 10 Snakeskin Accessories Under €30

Snake  accessories inspiration via Jak and Jil.

Lounge lizards rejoice! It's the Year of the Snake and Gucci, Erdem and Preen responded appropriately with nods to the scaly reptiles on the spring catwalks. On the street, snakeskin is being kept to the peripherals with accessories getting all the attention. Here's our pick of the best snakeskin (not real, we've seen the PETA videos) accessories under €30. So, who's skinning up?

Metal plate snake clutch snakeskin s/s 13 trend

Metal plate snake clutch; €7, ASOS.
Snakeskin coin purse s/s accessories trendNude snakeskin wedges s/s 2013 accessories trendSnake print bangles s/s accessories trend Snake coin purse; €5, A|Wear. Nude snakeskin wedges; €30, New Look. Snake print bangles; €15, River Island. Grey snake print tee s/s 2013 accessories trendSnakeskin peeptoe s/s accessories trend
Studded snakeskin clutch;€28, BooHoo. Snake print tee; €16, River Island. Snakeskin peeptoes; €16, BooHoo.
Snakeskin shorts s/s 13 trendsSnake skin ankle boots s/s 2013 accessories trend Snakeskin shorts; €20, Topshop. Snakeskin ankle boots; €25, ASOS. Snakeskin clutch; €21, Oasis.
Inspiration fashion s/s 2013 accessories trendStreet style inspiration via Misses Dressy

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Doing Tasting

Alcopops; How To Make Grown Up Lollipops.

How to make flower Daisy Lollipops Easy way to make lollipops from Jolly RanchersWant your lollipops with a bit more giddy-up? Make them yourself. Home-made lollipops open up a whole new world of pretty, tasty and boozy treats and are starting to make the idea of another customised cupcake seem pretty stale. To the left is a link to the easiest DIY lollipop tutorial we found; the peeps at Modern Mom simply melt Jolly Ranchers in an oven for a few minutes and drop in a stick once their goo-ified. This is one of the few tutorials that doesn't use a candy thermometer, something I'm definitely going to have to pick up if my dreams of vodka-spiked lollipops (for cocktails - who's with me?) are to be realised.  

How to make lollipops without molds tutorial

To the right is a link to a Video Jug how-to that explains how to make lollipops from scratch (this is where you can start adding your own colours and flavours) without needing a lollipop mould. Spoiler alert: The basics ingredients are sugar, water and cream of tartar or corn syrup. Below is a veritable candy shop of tutorials from modern day Willy Wonkas who are turning lollipops into edible art for grown-ups. Taking candy from babies has never been so much fun.                                                          

                                                              

FLORAL LOLLIPOPS Pretty little petals, get in my belly. Fresh flowers brighten up the humble lolly no end. Mother's Day pressie perhaps? Flower petal flavoured lollipops bellini tutorial

Flower petal bellini lollipop; Etsy Blog. fresh flower daisy lollipop recipesFresh pansy lollipop recipe ideas
Fresh daisy lollipop tutorial; FunkyTime. Fresh pansy lollipop how-to; Sprinkle Bakes.

BOOZY LOLLIPOPS

Drunk lollies are the future and the future is good. Most of these lolly-liquor recipes can be used interchangeably with different spirits so a Manhattan straight-up with the Vermouth kicked to the side by a pair of steel-toed cap boots could be just a lick away. Not a moment too soon. 

Tequila and rum lollipops recipeTequila and rum lollipop recipe; Leite's Culinaria. Vodka lollipop lips fun recipesRed wine lollipop recipe

Vodka lollipop lips tutorial; CBC. Red wine lollipop recipe; Feed Floyd

GOURMET LOLLIPOPS

Get your Heston on and turn lollipops on their heads with these wonderfully weird flavours.

Lemon and lime zest lollipops unusual recipesLemon & lime zest lollipops recipe; Martha Stewart. Amazing pumpkin lollipops recipesHot sauce lollipops spicy
Pumpkin flavoured lollipops recipe; Cupcake Project. Hot sauce lollipops; Sprinkle Bakes.

FECK IT, JUST BUY IT.

Too much effort? How about splashing the cash on these tasty little suckers?

Watermelon and pink peppercorn lollipops ideasPink peppercorn and watermelon lollipop; 6 for €8, Mihow. Mojito alcoholic hard candy lollipop Sushi lollipop unusual lollipop flavours
Mojito lollipop; 6 for €7, Sweet Nik. Sushi lollipop; 6 for €7, Bambi. 10 weirdly delicious popcorn recipes. popcorn cake

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Loving Tasting

Same Old Recipes; Time For A Rubbing

There are plenty of times in our lives when we need a little spice and plenty more when we need a good rubbing. 

Check out the list below for delicious salts and rubs to liven up your, em... food.  

Irish Sea Salt; Irish Atlantic Salt

"On the Beara Peninsula, you’ll find a bunch of salt fanatics producing Ireland’s first and only sea salt flakes." This unadulterated salt can enhance most recipes, and is much better for you than the average table salt, delicious. (We're not biased, swear!)

 Flamin' Hot Spice Rub Kit; Craigsmarket

Containing recipes like "Radioactive Rub" and "Blazin Poultry", this kit will kick the life into any meat or fish. Ideal for the BBQ when the time comes or grilling when it doesn't. Simply rub and marinade. Boom!

             

Organic Herb Co

"Spices & Herbs often evoke an exotic notion of faraway lands and other food cultures." This award-winning Irish business has been procuring fine herbs and spices since 1997. Have a look at their many blends and you will never be without inspiration again.

Organic Tuscan Dry Rub; thekitchenimp

Filled with basil, fennel, garlic, rosemary and oregano this heavenly scented "Pot of Italy" would liven up any tomato sauce for fish or mixed with sea salt and sprinkled over veggies, the Mediterranean kind. Yum.

  

 Gourmet Popcorn Seasoning; dellcovespices

There is only one destination for these tasty treats and that's all over my face. Cover Popcorn in these magical powders and your mouth will sing. Great on Ice-cream too, hmm...

         

Garlic Salt Mix, Black Lava Salt and Merlot Salt; AchefInTexas

We're into fancy pants territory now. For full effect these little fellas would be ideal for dressing a plate. Make pretty lines or pile into a mini mountain and serve with wine, cheese and Crudités. Yes, crudités.

Doing Living

Abide; Super Slick Big Lebowski Posters

Movie fan art can sometimes turn into a whole mess of fantasy weirdiness but Big Lebowski fans tend to abide by the film's minimalist vibe. Or is it nihilist? The original movie poster set the bar pretty high for starkly slick cool Dude-ness but it has a few contenders. Here's our pick of Lebowski art that will really tie the room together.  

The Big Lebowski Coen Brothers art poster print.

Or the Creedence art print; €12.50, Faith Hope Trick.
White Russian The Big Lebowski  art poster print.   Walter Big Lebowski art print poster    gRAPHIC The Big Lebowski  art poster print. White Russian poster; €15, Ben Mecleod. Walter print; €27, Ibraheem Youssef. Graphic Lebowski print; €27, Adam Juresko.
You're entering a world of pain Lebowski quotes printYou're entering a world of pain print; €20, Dope Prints.
Careful man there's a beverage here Lebowski quote print  Do you see what happens Larry? Lebowski print  What the fuck are you talking about print Lebowski quotes Careful man Lebowski quote; €8, Eye Chart Prints. Do you see; €16 Visual Etiquette. WTF? quote art; €27, Chung Kong.
Acid flashback the Big Lebowski quote art Flashback Lebowski quote print; €11, The Silver Spider.
I will not abide another toe Lebowski print  White Russian Lebowski print  Lewbowski recreation screenprint quote art print Not abide another toe; €16, Visual Etiquette. White Russian rug; €10, Ellie Argueta. Lebowski recreation print; €22, Basemint.
The Dube Lebowski poster print stylishThe Dude long print; €24, SuPmon.
The Big Lebowski funny gifts The Dude paper doll     Lebowski bowling bag poster     Lebowski stylish poster fan art The Dude paper doll; €15, Claudia Varosio. Lebowski bowling bag poster; €27, Amy MacAdams Design. Stylish lebowski poster; €17, Ben Walker.

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Doing Living Loving

Hello Petal! 5 No-Vase Ways To Display Flowers

Whether it's because you can't wait any longer to pick your neighbour's lovely daffodils or that bouquet you sent yourself to annoy the office biatch is too damn big to fit in one vase, sometimes you need to display flowers on the fly. Turns out, arranging your petally pretties without a vase could well be the best way of showing them off anyway, especially if you opt for maximum-impact multiple displays. Eh, it just so happens that all my many, many Valentine's sent me very small bouquets this year, actually. 

BOTTLES

Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day. Bottle vase garland; Urban Outfitters.
  
Painted bottle flower display; Simple Daisy. Perfume bottle vase; Home Via Laura.
CUPS

Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.

      Flowers in eggcups Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.     Flowers in teacups Flowers in eggcups Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.

JARS

Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.
Jam jar rose vases DIY; Design, Dining & Diapers.
Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.     Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.

Jam jar flower display; A Beach Cottage. Hanging jar vases; We Heart It.

TINS & CANS

Upcycled tin can vase Flowers in teacups Flowers in eggcups Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.

Upcycled tin can vase; Keen & Fitting.
Beer can vase DIY Upcycled tin can vase Flowers in teacups Flowers in eggcups Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.   Tin can flower vase Beer can vase DIY Upcycled tin can vase Flowers in teacups Flowers in eggcups Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.
Beer can vase; Jourdan Crouch Fairchild. Tin can flower vase; A Daily Something.

GLASSES

Drinking glasses flowers vases Tin can flower vase Beer can vase DIY Upcycled tin can vase Flowers in teacups Flowers in eggcups Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.

Drinking glass vase; By Wilma.

Flowers in drinking glass. Drinking glasses flowers vases Tin can flower vase Beer can vase DIY Upcycled tin can vase Flowers in teacups Flowers in eggcups Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.     Flowers in drinking glass. Drinking glasses flowers vases Tin can flower vase Beer can vase DIY Upcycled tin can vase Flowers in teacups Flowers in eggcups Mug cases flower display Jam jar flower display. Hanging jar vases Jam jar rose vases DIY Bottle vase garland how to display flowers without a vase. no-vase flowers. amazing flower arrangement arranging ideas for valentines day mother's day.

Flowers in drinking glass; Zitaaa. Wine glass vases; Waterford Rentals.

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